Tacoma City Council Amends Paid Leave Policy

Tacoma City Council Amends Paid Leave Policy

TACOMA – The Tacoma City Council voted unanimously on Sept. 29 to amend the city’s paid sick and safe leave policy, creating a duplicate policy for businesses to comply with.

In November, Washington voters passed Initiative 1433, which mandates paid sick and safe leave accrual for employees at the state level. The initiative will be implemented in Jan. 2018 and would have made the Tacoma paid sick leave policy irrelevant. The city council’s amendment will tighten restrictions as necessary to match the state policy while leaving city policy items in place that are stricter than the state policy.

The Tacoma City Council is now working on rulemaking with draft rules scheduled to be prepared in early November. Members are encouraged to participate in the council’s comment period on the draft rules, which will be open through Dec. 1.

The council plans to finalize rules in the first half of December.

Two public sessions explaining how the rules will be implemented are tentatively scheduled for Dec. 13 and 14.

If you have any questions, please contact Joe Bushnell at joeb@wahospitality.org.

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About the Washington Hospitality Association

The Washington Hospitality Association is a member-based organization that works at the state and local levels to find proactive solutions to the challenging issues facing the industry and its workforce. It provides its members with programs, services and the information they need to deliver great local experiences, ensure the success of their employees and help their communities thrive. The Washington Hospitality Association became the state’s second-largest trade association in 2016 when the Washington Restaurant Association and Washington Lodging Association joined forces in a combined association.

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